The Littlest Soapbox

April 15, 2010

The Daily Fix April 15, 2010

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 11:29 AM

Two reviews caught my eye today, both from the Washington Post:

First there’s this absolutely brutal take down of Yann Martel’s new book, Beatrice and Virgil.

Yann Martel’s new novel is about a man named Henry, who once wrote a novel that featured wild animals and became a worldwide sensation like, say, the Booker Prize-winning “Life of Pi.” After several years of enjoying his fans’ adulation, Henry, like Yann Martel, writes an experimental book about the Holocaust. But in this fictional world, Henry can’t get his book published.

Alas, in our world, we’re not that lucky.

It goes on.

Next there’s an entertaining review by Elizabeth Hand of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter, and Blood Oath. Her verdict: “no” to Abe, “yes” to the Queen, and “heck yeah!” to Blood Oath. That last, written by Christopher Farnsworth, which she describes as a “taut thriller” and “an irresistible page-turner”, has me planning on arriving early at work today.

Finally, over at The Daily Beast, Christopher Rice berates his fellow crime novelists on why so many of them are so bad at writing female characters. He offers some helpful suggestions, including a short list of specific stereotypes to avoid.

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